London Borough of Croydon

Information for parents applying for a secondary school place in Croydon outside the normal admissions round (in-year admissions).

Independent school admissions are managed Independent Schools Council, not Croydon Council.

If your child has an education health and care plan that specifies the school best suited for your child’s needs, contact for admissions information.

Applying for a school place

Step 1: Do your research

Step 2: Complete the relevant application forms

  • the majority of schools require you to complete an in-year common application form  
  • some schools require additional information to assess your application which you must provide through a supplementary information form (SIF). The school requiring a SIF must be a preferred school on your application; you still need to complete a common application for if you have a SIF

Step 3: Submit completed documents

The in-year common application form must be submitted to the school admissions team by:

The SIF must be submitted directly to the school of your choice. 

Step 4: Wait for confirmation

We will acknowledge receipt within 7 days of receiving your application. 

After you apply

Once school admissions receive your application, your child will be placed on the waiting list for your preferred schools. We aim to offer you your highest preferred school where possible. If a school has a vacancy and your child is at the top of the waiting list, you will be offered a place. 

If we are unable to offer a school place, your child will continue to remain on the waiting list for the remainder of the academic year. To check your waiting list position please email

If you are offered a place at a school that is not your highest preference, you will not automatically be placed on the waiting list for your higher preference school/schools. You will need to complete the waiting list request form to request to be added to the waiting list.

You will remain on the waiting list until the end of the academic year. If you wish to be considered for the school after this point you must re-apply by submitting a new in-year common application form.

If your child is currently out of education and we are unable to offer a place at one of your preference schools, an alternative offer will be made of your nearest school with an available space. 


To find out how to appeal an offer, visit our school appeals page.

Admissions surgery

• do you need advice/support in completing your application?

• have you applied and want to discuss your child’s application?

• have a general query about an in-year school transfer?

• is your child out of school?

Speak with a member of our school admissions team, located on the first floor of Croydon Central library, every first and third Monday of the month, between 9am and 7pm.

Look out for our pop up surgeries at various libraries within the borough.

An in-year admission is when you apply for a school place in an existing year group (outside of the normal admissions round) and at a time when your child should already be attending school.

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School admissions team

020 8726 6400
Address Line:

Bernard Weatherill House

4th Floor Zone A

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA


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